Bible Study Key No.2 - Look It Up, Speak It Out, Write It Down
This key is one that has probably helped me more than any other. It helps you to retain scriptures, it helps you to negotiate your Bible with ease and skill, it engages the mind with what is being studied, it commands the body to concentrate on what the spirit is focused on.
These are great ways to store the Word in your mind and heart for future use. You must make scripture your own. As long as it stays as ‘someone else’s revelation’, when the pressure comes on, it won’t be firmly rooted in your own heart for the Holy Ghost to retrieve and give you as the weapon to overcome. The Holy Spirit can only ‘bring to remembrance’ those things that you have put there to retrieve.
One time I spent several months studying some of Kenneth Hagin’s material. Hagin taught 'faith' for many, many years. If you do know him, you will not be surprised to hear that most of my study was based around the scripture found in Mark chapter 11, verses 22-24;
“Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
I studied a small portion of Dr Hagin’s books every day, alongside other texts. During those months I must have looked up, spoken out and written down that scripture hundreds of times! The temptation was always there to say or think, “I know that”, but friend, until the mountain moves, and I get all those whatsoevers I am desiring and praying for every time, it is obvious that I do not know that scripture in its fulness!
Obviously, writing out in full every scripture that we come across is not realistic, but in certain circumstances, and during our set study times, it provides an excellent and simple avenue for God’s Word to find root in our thinking. Try it.